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About the Akron Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Greater Akron Musical Association is to enhance the quality of life of our community through education and musical excellence.

Employment Opportunities


Akron Symphony Orchestra
Posted March 2019

The Akron Symphony Orchestra seeks a Chorus Director to begin in the 2019-2020 season. The Akron Symphony Chorus, an all-volunteer 100-voice ensemble, has traditionally performed each year on two or more of the orchestra’s subscription concerts, the annual holiday pops concert, a stand-alone choral concert, and additional programs as scheduled. Repertoire includes a full range of symphonic choral works, as well as works suitable for pops concerts and chamber settings. The Chorus Director works closely with the Music Director in selecting programs and repertoire. S/he leads all artistic activities of the chorus, recruits and auditions prospective chorus members, and prepares the chorus for all performances. S/he reports to the Music Director and the Executive Director of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. 

The Akron Symphony seeks an individual who demonstrates the highest artistic and professional standards in performance, and who is skilled in training, rehearsing, motivating, recruiting and retaining quality singers. The successful candidate will have experience preparing symphonic repertoire in a professional setting, and an understanding of the circumstances unique to working with a professional orchestra. S/he will be a key participant in the Akron Symphony’s long-range plan, and will be called upon to represent the organization at civic and social functions, as well as in community engagement programs. 

Significant experience with symphonic choral repertoire required; familiarity with opera and musical theater preferred. Compensation and benefits commensurate with experience. The Akron Symphony Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Qualified candidates should submit a curriculum vitæ, three letters of reference, and links to videos of conducting samples (in performance or rehearsal) by email to Paul Jarrett, Executive Director, at pjarrett@akronsymphony.orgNo paper applications will be accepted.

Administrative Staff

Paul Jarrett

Executive Director


Fran Goldman

Director of Artistic Operations


Sharon Smith

Ticket Services Manager


Jerome Miskell

Personnel Manager


Lori Conant

Finance Controller


Marilyn Marks Taylor

Development Coordinator/Grant Writer


Thomas Moore

Director of Marketing


Brenda L. Justice

Administrative Assistant & Coordinator of Choral Programs


Cory Smith

Orchestra Librarian


Orzella B. Matherson

Education & Community Engagement Coordinator


Kimia Ghaderi

Development Manager


Board of Trustees

Executive Officers

  • Mike Pasternak, President
  • Kathryn Booth, Executive Vice President
  • Susan Burnoski, Treasurer
  • Kurt Reed, Secretary
  • Todd Rosenberg, Development Chair
  • Kathryn Booth, Finance Chair
  • Bob Zajac, Governance Chair
  • Renée Pipitone, Community Engagement & Education Chair
  • Jessica Korkosz Korzhiletskiy, Member At-Large
  • Kurt Reed, Member At-Large
  • André Thornton Jr., Member At-Large
  • Renée Pipitone, GAMA Past President
  • Christopher Wilkins, Music Director
  • Paul Jarrett, Executive Director


  • Laura Beth Arnott +
  • Sandra Becker-Neidert
  • Dr. Todd Beyer
  • Kathy Booth
  • Susan Burnoski, CPA
  • Lawrence B. Butler Jr.
  • Michael R. Coudriet
  • Tom Crookes
  • Johnnette S. Curry
  • Gary Davis
  • Tracy Dowe
  • Bruce Fahey
  • Robert Frutchey
  • Christopher Graham*
  • Dorothy Hansen
  • Jerry Irby
  • Melissa Johnson
  • Jessica Korkosz Korzhiletskiy
  • Quinnie Lane
  • Jason Lorenzon
  • Tina Magazine
  • Kim McFarlane
  • Melodie Morgan-Minott, M.D.
  • Chuck Myrick
  • Pat Nilsestuen ++
  • Bryon Palitto
  • Michael J. Pasternak
  • James F. Pearson
  • Theresa Petit-Lerner
  • Lucia M. Pileggi
  • Renée Pipitone
  • Kendra Preer, Ph.D.
  • Julie Pulk
  • Ernie Puskas
  • Alex Quay
  • Kurt Reed
  • Todd J. Rosenberg
  • Jane L. Schweitzer +
  • Jeana M. Singleton
  • Laura Steffey
  • André Thornton Jr.
  • Dr. Ann Usher
  • Noriko Wilson
  • Donna Zabel
  • Robert Zajac

Trustee Emeriti

  • Norman P. Auburn, Ph.D. *
  • Robert S. Crawford *
  • J. Ralph Gillman *
  • Sue Jeppesen Gillman
  • Mabel Lamborn Graham *
  • Jane Kaufman *
  • Bruce F. Rothmann, M.D. *
  • Lola M. Rothmann

Trustee of Note

  • Olive Cairns *
  • William & Margaret Denton *
  • Dorothy Gaylord *
  • Ida Grotz *
  • Joseph S. Lichty, M.D. *
  • Gerald McFadden*
  • Edward J. Metzger
  • Dorothy Seeger *
  • Irene Shadley *
  • Charles K. Sorkin *
  • Mary Louise Stewart *
  • Helen M. Vawter

GAMA Foundation Board of Trustees

  • Charlie Peter, Chair
  • Tom Clark
  • Priscilla Grant
  • Richard Harris
  • Jane Litz
  • Guy Pipitone

Board Alumni Counsel

  • Dr. Linda B. Angotti
  • Patricia M. Albrecht Bracey
  • Lisa Chapman-Smith
  • Thomas Clark
  • Robert L. Culp Jr.
  • R. Fred Damerow
  • Richard Dee
  • Jerilynn Ferguson
  • Sandra Fishel
  • Laura Lee Garfinkel
  • Diana Gayer
  • DuWayne Hansen
  • Dr. Sandra Hazra, M.D.
  • Robert L. Hunt Sr.
  • Mary Ann Jackson
  • Mary Beth Kluge
  • Orlene K. Makinson
  • Diana D. Maurer
  • William N. Melver
  • Jo Ann Oelschlager
  • Guy Pipitone
  • Ernest E. Pouttu
  • Terri L. Nass Reeder
  • Charles J. Reitz III
  • George Rosin
  • Dr. Walter Ruf
  • David Scarponi
  • Theresse Wade
  • James E. Zwisler

+ chorus co-representative
++ guild representative
orchestra representative